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Rice Bag

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Rice Bag
Rice Bag

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boopisit405770    December 2, 2014
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Where do i get the pattern?

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jeri960975101382    October 23, 2014
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I use flannel on one side and fleece on the other ...been making them for years. Wouldn't be caught without o.e.

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Phoenix Heart    October 21, 2014
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How long does the heat last?

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jeri960975101382  October 23, 2014
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I heated mine well over an hour ago and put it on my leg. It's still warm. I put one under the covers and put my feet on it at night.....it stays warn all
night. They're wonderful!

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Chris Hartley    August 12, 2014
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what about using beans? I thought years ago i had one with beans in it, but not sure. if yes, what type of beans?

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chriswood    December 13, 2013
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I make these with a muslin inner rice holder with three "chambers". I also make several sizes since I have arthritis--back, hands, knees, etc.. For the outer fabric I use flannel. A mix of 1/2 long grain white rice and 1/2 hard red winter wheat makes a good filler. (This suggestion was given to by someone who is no longer in the business. It is a very long lasting mix with multiple trips to the microwave.) Bag should not be overfilled as this will hamper its molding to the affected area.

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jenkins161212952415  August 13, 2014
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I made a double-walled holder for my rice pack and filled with aromatic herbs on one end using Velcro closure so I can change/wash the bag when herbs wear out. I grow and dry my own lavender, rosemary, thyme and chamomile so it's a nice touch. DO NOT PUT DRIED HERBS IN MICROWAVE. Oils might overheat and ignite.

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chott14808903  October 22, 2014
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I also made some from muslin. Then I made cute "pillowcases" for them and then gave them away as gifts. The coves are changable and washable.

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lindamp2100000096383044  October 23, 2014
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Clean fine play sand works GREAT for this project. Better than rice, beans, wheat, etc. Easier to fill using a funnel. It holds the heat great and you can even wet it, pop it in the microwave for moist heat wherever needed.
Physical therapists use 'sand bags' on their patients when warm moist heat is needs.

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lindamp2100000096383044  October 23, 2014
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The sand also works great as an ice pack. Just pop it in the freezer for a few hours.
Make two, one for the freezer and one for moist heat.

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MJ511    October 7, 2012
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I made one of these out of the leg on a pair of my husbands old BDU's and it works great!

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coops63163713  February 17, 2014
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Great idea for a more 'manly' rice bag and a great way to recycle those BDUs!

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lbdoell@shaw.ca  February 23, 2015
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Sorry, but what is a BDU?

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Carol Liston    December 5, 2012
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Received one as a gift and absolutely loved it. Have made several as gifts myself. I do use cotton for the bag and then make a slipcover of flannel for the outside. I have heard that 100% cotton is safer in the microwave. Love your pattern.

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jackie_va6    June 5, 2012
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Many moons ago, I use to make these out of tube socks, fill 2/3-3/4 full of rice, sew the end shut then attach loop handles on each end....great for your back and your neck.....one year I made flannel covers for the. and gave them for Christmas. Like your ideas of making sort of a pillow. Thanks for sharing!

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Wendi Gratz    June 6, 2012
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Thanks! I'm glad you like it. :-)

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Calama    June 13, 2012
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I made a few of these, one for each member of the family, and they are great. Thanks Wendi.

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kikismama    June 13, 2012
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I'm wondering if this will work as an ice bag. I'm always having to ice my knees and the ones in pharmacies are expensive.

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Mary T. Phelan  July 28, 2014
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Hi Kikismama...just read the comment under the pic where somebody made one and yes she did put it in the freezer for that purpose!

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jenkins161212952415  August 13, 2014
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you can make your own ice packs with 2 parts water, one part rubbing alcohol in a sturdy ziplock bag. I double-bag it just in case. The alcohol prevents it from freezing so it can mold around sore feet, ankles, etc. you just can't 'sit on it' lol that would be a mess!

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Kathleen Waszczak  September 10, 2014
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I put my rice pack in a ziplock and freeze it,it works great.

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Janice Reese  October 21, 2014
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I use the alcohol/water mix, freeze it in a zip-lock, then seal it with the food saver.

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bethsew1605763  November 5, 2014
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I thought about the food sealer being more reliable than a zip lock. Also read the other day that the blue 'Dawn' dish detergent makes good ice pack too. Use straight, no diluting necessary.

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